Summer Workshop Program 2024

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Our new Tiered Tuition System asks you to choose one of the following tuition levels:

$900 - Sustaining Level
$800 - Standard Level
$700 - Subsidized Level
$500 - Student/Teacher Level

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Douglas Bauer Making a Scene July 21 to July 26, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Multi-Genre Open To All On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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“Please, don’t make a scene.” What we’re told not to do in life, we have every reason to do as we work to bring our narratives to vibrant life. Whether we’re inventing as fiction or remembering from experience, a fully three-dimensional scene draws readers close and pulls them into the world on the page. When we make a scene we need to summon our five senses by delving deeply down, staying longer and more thoroughly at the location than we might be used to doing. Matters of tone, dialogue, pace, the moving camera-eye of narration, the distance readers sense between the teller and the tale being told, all will be explored in the work you’ll bring to workshop and in generative prompts in class.


Please submit a draft of a complete scene, or scenes, totalling a maximum of 12 pages, double spaced, 12 point font. Either fiction or memoir. If it’s a scene from a longer work, please include a contextual paragraph explaining what precedes it. Send this to by July 5.


Douglas Bauer has written seven books. His most recent,The Beckoning World, was longlisted for The Massachusetts Book Award in fiction, and What Happens Next: Matters of Life and Death, won the PEN/New England award in nonfiction. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and creative nonfiction and has taught at Harvard, where he was given two Harvard-Danforth Center awards for excellence in teaching, as well as at Rice University, Smith College, and the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

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